Sometimes we fantasy players get too clever. Sometimes we reward mediocrity. So quick are we to get excited about a potential rebirth for Kip Wells or a return to health for John Patterson, we lose sight of what is fantasy baseball's most elemental aspect: Owning the best players.
When I evaluate trade questions, I almost invariably answer that the team receiving the best player in a deal wins that deal. The best players get the most at-bats, pitch the most innings, hit a proportionately higher number of the homers, win the most games and make a higher impact on the bottom line. Don't get me wrong: When the studs are equally distributed, those who win in fantasy are those who unearth the sweet sleepers in spring, who jump on the upstart closer in July and who play the waiver wire like a harp. But you have to have those studs.
Oh, and starting pitching has its studs.